Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

First-Time Voters Swell Turnout at Silver Spring Precinct

New voters appeared to be contributing to the unusually long line at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, where the wait had been as long as 2 1/2 hours. Even the traditional pre-lunch lull had a wait of 1 1/2 hours.

"Getting voters processed has taken longer than usual," said James Quinn, precinct chief at the school. We've had a number of issues at the registration desk" because of the large number of new voters.

"This is the first time I've ever had to stand in line more than five minutes here," said Matthew Esibe, who said he has voted in the Silver Spring precinct for 10 years.

Anna Sommers, a Democratic precinct chair, said she had met many first-time voters in line.
"I'm a little bit worried," Sommers said. "This is a very long line for people who have to work."

Sommers said she worked with poll workers to arrange for disabled voters to wait indoors because of the chilly temperatures.

-- Steve Hendrix

By Phyllis Jordan  |  November 4, 2008; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: After Early Rush, Takoma Park Lines Diminish at Mid-Morning
Next: 'Getting People Out There to Vote Is What It's All About'

No comments have been posted to this entry.

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company